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Remote Access Ended December 2021. In-Library Access Only.



Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Requires library card number.

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BC Building Codes – Fire & Plumbing Codes

Government of B.C.

BC Building Code 2018

The BC Building Code (BCBC) is a provincial regulation that governs how new construction, building alterations, repairs and demolitions are completed. This code establishes minimum requirements for safety, health, accessibility, fire and structural protection of buildings and energy and water efficiency. It applies throughout the province except for some federal lands and the City of Vancouver.

No library card required.

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If you have fled from your home country because your life is in danger and you have come to British Columbia to seek asylum (make a refugee claim), this website will help you with information.




BC Laws

This site will provide you access to the current and historical BC Legislation. Content accessible from in or outside the library. No library card required.

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BC Vehicle Safety & Inspection Standards

Produced by the Queen’s Printer in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation to provide current access to vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from official sources. Accessible only while in the library.

No library card required.

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Bibliothèque Numérique (Cantook Station)

French-language eBooks and eAudiobooks, available from Franco-Ontarian, Québécois and international publishers. Includes titles for adults, teens and children.

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Business Plans Handbook

A compilation of business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America. Access is made possible by the Small Business Accelerator at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC with financial support from the Sutherland Foundation.

Requires library card number.

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Canadian Subsidy Directory

Since the 90’s the Canadian Subsidy Directory maintains the most affordable and complete database providing information about financial assistance and funding opportunities in Canada.



Historical Newspapers (BC)

Check out historical Newspapers from The Province, Times Colonist, and The Vancouver Sun.

Anyone in British Columbia or the Yukon with a computer or mobile device can access 125+ years of digital news archives at no charge, remotely, anytime – no authentication required.

This online access is made possible through a collaboration of academic, public, and school libraries across B.C.


KnowBC was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia. The encyclopedia remains the cornerstone of KnowBC, but there is much more on the site today.

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Libby (OverDrive)

Download free eBooks and audiobooks to your computer, eReader or mobile device. This is a province-wide shared collection containing over 90,000 fiction and non-fiction eBooks and audiobooks for all ages. Both the  Libby apps will give you access. Requires library card number. Please email if you require assistance.

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Linked-In Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos. With more than 5,000 courses and personalized recommendations, you can discover, complete, and track courses related to your field and interests.

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  • A Valid Library Card
  • Your PIN


Niche Academy

Niche Academy offers free tutorials on how to use different digital resources.

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Check Out these Tutorials on Library Resources!

EBSCO Databases

Ancestry Library Edition

World Book

Points to the Past

Points to the Past is an exciting initiative that provides free perpetual access to nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content to all BC residents, as part of a unique agreement arranged by University of Victoria Libraries, UBC Library, and  Simon Fraser University Library.

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Small Engine Repair

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all  manner of small engines.

Requires library card number.


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Tech Boomers is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use the most popular websites on the Internet.

TechBoomers offers over 100 free courses on many different websites and apps, including FacebookNetflixAncestry, and Internet Safety. Visit today and start learning how to use technology to make your life easier (and more fun!).



TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favourite!

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